Philosophy, minor

Program Overview

Are you fascinated by the difficult questions of the human condition? Do you get angry or inspired by issues of social justice, longing to understand the driving factors behind them and to work to establish peace and equality? If so, pursuing a philosophy minor, combined with any number of majors, will allow you to blend your passion for exploring life’s profound questions with your desire for meaningful work.

Philosophy is an explicit and intentional study of what it means to be human, and as such it’s powerfully formative for any student, regardless of major. In addition to learning to contend with complex concepts, philosophy minors will also be trained to critically analyze difficult texts, problem-solve creatively, and speak and write persuasively, clearly articulating their thoughts and ideas. These skills will prepare you for graduate school or any career field of your choice. Whether your dreams lie in business, law, education, politics, entertainment, or anywhere else, the foundational skills gained from this specialization will make you stand out in your field of choice.

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For information about the courses required for the Philosophy, minor program, view the PLNU Catalog. 

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

PLNU philosophy graduates are exceptionally skilled in the intangible aspects of their discipline that can form, sustain, and strengthen any company or community. These soft skills are highly sought after by employers, and according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Job Outlook 2016 report, employers rated verbal communication skills as the most important candidate quality. Philosophy minors at PLNU cultivate these strengths in a Christian context that nurtures their intellectual and spiritual lives and equips them to be reasoned and ethical leaders in a variety of careers.

A minor in philosophy can be a useful and natural complement within a variety of careers and industries, such as:

  • Domestic or International Law
  • Journalism
  • Domestic or International Business
  • Teaching
  • Media Communication
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Government
  • Visual Art
Emilie Anderson (19)

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Emilie Anderson (19)

Emilie Anderson (19) didn’t always know she was a philosopher. She wasn’t aware of that until her sophomore year at PLNU, when she attended a general philosophy class.

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